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Boy, Did I Get Lucky Running Across this Gem of Baseball Pitching Wisdom Written By Legendary Hall of Fame Pitcher Christy Mathewson in 1912

If it wasn’t for a search I was doing around the country for a rare golf book, I may not ever have come across this incredible book, which is filled with amazing lessons, and stories of how baseball was played when the national pastime was still in its infancy.

In the early 1900’s, Hall of Fame pitcher, Christy Mathewson, was asked to write a book about his insights into the game of baseball from a major league pitcher’s point of view. You see, Matty, as he was know to his friends and foes, was a college student, a great writer, and he kept journals and notes about his experiences playing major league baseball for the New York Giants. In 1912, he did just that. Published this amazing collection of stories, insights, and lessons from one of the best pitchers the world has ever seen. The book is called Pitching in a Pinch. It is also known as Baseball from the Inside.

Mr. Mathewson was one of the original 5 inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Along with greats Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner, he is honored as one of baseball’s greatest players of all time.

Why was Matty one of the original inductees to the Hall of Fame? Well for starters, Christy pitched in 635 games over 17 years. He started 551 of those games and completed an amazing 434 of them. Can you believe that? His lifetime ERA was 2.13. He pitched almost 5,000 innings. His winning percentage was .665. Wow!

And against many Baseball Hall of Fame players. Mr. Mathewson talks a lot about facing some pretty good hitters. He devotes an entire chapter to hitting greats Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. He tells us stories of other greats and fellow hall of fame players such as Rube Waddel, Joe Tinker, Wee Willie Keeler, Eddie Plank, Joe McGinnity, Roger Bresnahan, Frank Chance, and of course Cobb and Wagner. What an incredible insight from someone who actually pitched against those hitters and pitchers.

What else does Mathewson talk about in his book Pitching in a Pinch?

I could go on all day long. You’ll have to get the book to read about the rest of the story as they say.

But I can tell you this, Mathewson gets into some funny stories how catchers would bait the hitters into getting angry. Talk about trash talking! These guys would purposely get the hitters upset and take them out of their game.

And the spit ball. It was a legal pitch in Mathewson’s playing days, and he talks extensive how it was used by the pitchers.

And the coaches. There was a lot of talk about legendary and hall of fame coach Connie Mack. Mathewson also played for hall of fame manager John McGraw. You can imagine the stories about those guys.

And what about those first and third base coaches? Their jobs back in the early 1900s wasn’t necessarily to help the base runners. They were there to really upset the other players, the pitchers, and to steal signs. There are great stories on how these guys did their job.

Of course, a book on major league baseball wouldn’t be complete without talk about the umpires.

I find some of the best gems are how Matty and others would pitch out of a pinch….or a tough spot.

I can go on and on.

To give you a little insight to the man writing this amazing journal, I will quote from John Wheeler’s introduction…

“Besides being a national hero, Matty is one of the closest students of baseball that ever came into the Big League. By players, he has long been recognized as the greatest pitcher the game has produced. He has been pitching in the Big Leagues for eleven years and winning games right along.

His great pitching practically won the world's championship for the Giants from the Philadelphia Athletics in 1905, and, six years later, he was responsible for one of the two victories turned in by New York pitchers in a world's series again with the Athletics.

At certain periods in his baseball career, he has pitched almost every day after the rest of the staff had fallen down. When the Giants were making their determined fight for the championship in 1908, the season that the race was finally decided by a single game with the Cubs, he worked in nine out of the last fifteen games in an effort to save his club from defeat. And he won most of them. That has always been the beauty of his pitching—his ability to win.”

I can’t recommend a better read if you are a fan of baseball. My wife, who is a fan, but not as fanatical as I am, couldn’t put the book down. She was amazed how much detail Matty went into in this book.

Back in the day, this book sold for about $2 to $3. In today’s dollars, that’s got to be over $50. That was a lot of money back then. But the reality was back then it was well worth the money. There are stories in the book that never made it into newspapers and then baseball lore. Like the time Matty’s team caught an opponent cheating by having someone buzzing the third base coach when an off-speed pitch would be coming. A great story.

You won’t have to pay $50 for it now. For a limited time, you can own your very own copy for only $24.95 plus $6 shipping and handling U.S. ($14 foreign).

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I’ll leave you with another quote from John Wheeler’s introduction written in 1912:

"Why don't you write a real book of the Big Leaguers?" I asked him one day.

And he has done it. In this book he is telling the reader of the game as it is played in the Big Leagues. As a college man, he is able to put his impressions of the Big Leagues on paper graphically. It's as good as his pitching and some exciting things have happened in the Big Leagues, stories that never found their way into the newspapers. Matty has told them. This is a true tale of Big Leaguers, their habits and their methods of playing the game, written by one of them.

Simply click the order button right now to place your order for the legendary Pitching in a Pinch Book to be released the week of October 22, 2007. This special release with the FREE bonuses will expire after the first 50 pre-release orders have been placed.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy the great read as much as my wife and I have!

Yours in baseball,

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